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Preliminary hearings for the Anglican Church and Rochdale

16 March 2016

Preliminary hearings for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse are underway. On Wednesday 16 March, the Inquiry held a full day of preliminary hearings for two investigations.

The preliminary hearings into allegations of child sexual abuse involving the Anglican Church and allegations of child sexual abuse involving Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale were held today in Court 73 of the Royal Courts of Justice.

Applications for Core Participant status, submissions on the timetable and broadcast of future proceedings were heard during each hearing.

Preliminary hearings are not broadcast, but they are open to the press and public. Seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

A preliminary hearing is a legal hearing which considers procedural issues relating to the conduct of future public hearings and the Inquiry’s investigations. The issues that will be decided at preliminary hearings will include the timetable for public hearings, naming individuals and institutions as core participants and other procedural matters. 

Transcripts are available - see the investigation pages for Anglican Church and Rochdale on our website for the relevant transcript of each hearing.

The preliminary hearing on allegations of child sexual abuse involving children in the care of Lambeth Council will take place at 10.30 am on Thursday 24 March, in Court 73 of the Royal Courts of Justice.

For information on attending a preliminary hearing, please read this document or for more information on preliminary hearings, please read the information note on each of the Investigation pages on our website.

Further dates for preliminary hearings into the Inquiry’s investigations will be announced in due course.

Information on all preliminary hearings will continue to be posted on our website.

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